Spring Cleaning Checklist

Editor’s Note: Other articles about spring cleaning can be found in the Metro: April 2009, April and May 2012, June 2011, April 2015, February 2014, March and April 2016. You might consider sending the article below to your tenants.

Spring time is a great time to clean, organize and get rid of unnecessary items in your house. It is also a great time to check if your safety plans are in place and your safety equipment is in work order.

Test your smoke alarms:

[ ] Check to see if they work. [ ] Change the battery, if necessary.

Replace your smoke detectors every 10 years.

Test your carbon monoxide detectors:

[ ] Check to see if they work.

[ ] Change the batteries if necessary.

Replace light bulbs (outside and inside). You'll be taking out the step ladder to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, so use the ladder to change the light bulbs as well.

Store winter items (clothing, Christmas decorations, etc.) properly.

Check your house for broken items and discard.

Clean out your medicine cabinet and dispose of any expired or unused medications properly.

Talk to your city or county government trash and recycling service or your local pharmacist for medicine disposal in your area.

Check your fire extinguisher:

[ ] Make sure safety seals, tamper indicators and maintenance tags are not broken or missing. [ ] Examine for signs of physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or a clogged nozzle.

[ ] Check the pressure gauge reading or indicator. It should be in the operable range or position. [ ] Recycle and replace if necessary

Learn more about fire safety planning at nsc.org.

Plan and practice your family escape plan.

Review your family emergency plan - a printable family emergency plan is available through ready.gov.


Reprinted Courtesy of the Landlords of Johnson County, Kansas. Visit jocolandlord.org Source: May 2013 newsletter

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